3,600 in southern Harford lose power Monday

Service restored, but part of Edgewood Road remains closed

  • Baltimore Gas and Electric crews remove a tree that fell on a power line near the entrance to the Van Bibber Water Treatment Plant off Edgewood Road. The tree caused a power outage affecting more than 3,600 homes and businesses.
Baltimore Gas and Electric crews remove a tree that fell on a… (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF,…)
July 12, 2011

About 3,600 homes and businesses in the Edgewood and Abingdon areas were left without electricity Monday after a tree fell on a power line in the vicinity of the Route 755 railroad underpass.

Most of the affected customers had their power restored by shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, a Baltimore Gas & Electric spokesperson said.

The downed power lines also forced Harford County to close Edgewood Road between Routes 7 and 40. As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the road remained closed to traffic, as repairs were still in progress.

Rachel Lighty, the spokesperson for Baltimore Gas & Electric, said the power outage occurred around 9 a.m. BGE has both transmission and distribution lines in that area, she said.

Monday afternoon, BGE's website showed the outages were concentrated in an area south of I-95 from Edgewood east to Bush River.

Lighty said Tuesday the power was restored to all customers by 4:08 p.m. after crews completed work on two overhead circuits. She said an additional piece of equipment damaged by the falling tree was still undergoing repairs Tuesday; however, the work was not expected to affect electric service.

"High tension wires fell down into the roadway," Jim Swank, supervisor of highways for Harford County Department of Public Works, said Monday afternoon. "BGE asked us to close the road. You would have to get the details of what happened from them."

Swank said the wires went down in the vicinity of the railroad underpass. A reporter who visited the scene Monday afternoon saw the tree removal crew working south of the overpass near the entrance to the Van Bibber Water Treatment Plant.

Swank had said Monday he doubted the road would be back in service until sometime Tuesday, even with BGE's anticipated repair schedule.

Tuesday morning, county government spokesman Bob Thomas said one the downed power line "burned a hole in the pavement."

"They have to repave part of the road," he explained.

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